Roads roundup

Roads in Birmingham could be designated as special ‘cycle streets’ with a speed limit of 15mph where it will be illegal to overtake bikes. Birmingham won £17M funding as part of the drive by Government to create a cycle city. It has topped this up to £24.3M to be spent on cycling.

Somerset County Council has revealed how it will spend some of the £22.3M of funding given by Government to repair flood damaged roads. The authority is to spend £4M on raising the A372 over the river Sowy, £1M for a deep clean of the drainage system and verges, £750,000 to raise the road into the village of Muchelney and £270,000 to study raising other roads in the area. 

A report from the National Audit Office has warned that the lack of predictability of funding for highways authorities will lead to increased costs in the long term.

Ministers are reported to be planning a rewrite of the Highway Code to take account of driverless cars to keep up with the US where in California the first licences for self driving cars are due to be issued in the autum.

The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) is calling for larger budgets for road maintenance from central government after Surrey County Council successfully lobbied Roads Minister Robert Goodwill to review funding rules to make them more "fair". The council, which has 4800km of roads wants the system to enable most frequently used roads to receive more investment.

    Transport Scotland has awarded Amey a six-year contract to maintain and improve the motorways and trunk roads in South East Scotland. The commission, which is valued at over £90M, is subject to up to two one-year extensions and will see Amey deliver engineering design and operational delivery services for around 1000km of road.